AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.
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After nearly a quarter of a century as the state’s top elections official, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin is facing his toughest re-election campaign in decades as he tries to fend off fellow Democrat and Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim in the Sept. 4 primary. The contest heated up after the 34-year-old Zakim won the endorsement of activists gathered at the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention in June, beating the 67-year-old incumbent, first elected to the office in 1994. By Steve LeBlanc. Upcoming: 600 words.
Massachusetts’ first resort casino with expansive gambling and entertainment options opened Friday with a Las Vegas-style flourish. After lining the streets for a procession through downtown Springfield that featured the Budweiser Clydesdale horses and other entertainment, thousands of people headed inside to gamble at the casino considered the first of its kind in the state. The complex also includes a hotel, restaurants, entertainment and upscale retail shops. A by-the-numbers look at the new casino. SENT: 500 words, photos.
PORTLAND, Maine — A group of Maine aquaculture firms are looking to scale up the first serious attempt to farm Atlantic sea scallops in the United States. The scallops are a New England seafood staple, but unlike oysters and mussels, they’re almost exclusively harvested from the wild on the East Coast. The shellfish are the source of one of the most valuable fisheries in the United States. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 500 words.
— PLANE CRASH: Authorities say two people have been removed from a plane that crashed near a small airport south of Boston. SENT.
— WEST NILE VIRUS: State officials are reporting the first three confirmed human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile Virus in Massachusetts this year. SENT.
— INMATES LOCKDOWN: Authorities say six Massachusetts inmates have been indicted on assault charges for an attack that left six correction officers injured at a state maximum-security prison. SENT.
— CONSTITUTION TURNAROUND: The USS Constitution has fired a pair of salutes during a guided spin around Boston Harbor to honor sailors selected to become chief petty officers. SENT.
— A Massachusetts driver who drove away after striking and killing an 11-year-old girl crossing the street with her stepfather has pleaded guilty. SENT.
— A former Massachusetts fishing boat captain has pleaded guilty to interfering with a U.S. Coast Guard inspection involving a vessel owned by a fishing magnate nicknamed The Codfather. SENT.
— POLICE EVIDENCE THEFTS: Two police employees named in the investigation of a Massachusetts police department evidence room scandal have retired rather than face disciplinary hearings. SENT.
— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-BATALI: A Massachusetts woman says in a lawsuit filed against Mario Batali that the celebrity chef forcibly kissed her and groped her in a Boston restaurant in 2017. SENT.
— POSTAGE STAMP THEFT: A former U.S. Postal Service worker from Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to stealing about $82,000 worth of postage stamps and selling some online at discounted rates. SENT.
— TIRE STRIKES CAR: Massachusetts State Police say a car’s tire fell off on the highway, bounced across a median and struck another vehicle’s windshield. SENT.
— COAL EXPORT-WASHINGTON: Massachusetts is among six states that have lined up in support of Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to block a proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River. SENT.
KYRIE IRVING-RESERVATION VISIT
Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has officially become a member of the Standing Rock Sioux. Irving and his older sister, Asia Irving, took part Thursday in a traditional Native American ceremony recognizing their tribal heritage and support for the tribe’s long battle against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. They were honored with Lakota names during a ritual in a packed auditorium. Their late mother was a member of the tribe and lived on the reservation until her adoption at an early age. SENT: 650 words, photos.
The Boston Red Sox bring baseball’s best record to Tropicana Field, with right-hander Hector Velazquez facing Diego Castillo in the opener of a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
The New England Patriots play a pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
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